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State to probe Struthers beating

The mayor wanted to avoid the appearance of 'impropriety.' STRUTHERS -- A state law enforcement

Bazetta suit sent back to jury

WARREN -- A Trumbull County jury will determine if Bazetta Township and one of its police officers

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP Boardman rallies down from six to win as Melquist pumps in 24

BOARDMAN -- April Melquist scored 24 points, including 10 in the second quarter, as Boardman took

Ed Smart: Family wants speedy resolution

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The father of Elizabeth Smart says the family wants a quick resolution to the

BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP McDonald's early lead holds up

McDonald had a 17-point lead in the first quarter of the Inter-County contest. BERLIN CENTER --

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Chief, officer in Niles cleared

The officers put their own lives in jeopardy, the prosecutor said. WARREN -- Niles' police chief

WEATHER On the horizon: trio of storm systems

Forecasters say the expected onslaught could damage property and cause some deaths. KNIGHT RIDDER

GENERAL MOTORS Cobalt sales top 4,500 in first complete month

Production is improving, but still short of the goal. LORDSTOWN -- In its first full month of

CRIME Cops have suspect in shooting of cabbie

The injured cabbie was able to call his dispatcher. YOUNGSTOWN -- Hubert Floyd Jr. is suspected of

HOW HE SEES IT USAID's response to crisis swift

Opinion: By ANDREW S. NATSIOS WASHINGTON POST After the most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered

HOW HE SEES IT Drug company exec speaks out

Opinion: By PETER ROST LOS ANGELES TIMES The U.S. health-care system is the best in the world. Or so we

Shifting blame from Bush to liberals is a tired tactic

Opinion: Shifting blame from Bush to liberals is a tired tactic EDITOR: One of the latest in the stream

SOCIAL SECURITY Bush eyes proposals that allow investing

The president may again use the 'tax families' strategy to win support. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The

"It's frustrating for us to learn about destructive waves from a wire report, as opposed to a tide

Opinion: "It's frustrating for us to learn about destructive waves from a wire report, as opposed to a tide

BOYS BASKETBALL McKinley dunks way to easy win

The Bulldogs played the role of a rude host to Austintown Fitch. CANTON -- It was only a matter of



NBA ROUNDUP Tuesday's games

Pacers 116, Bucks 99 INDIANAPOLIS -- Jermaine O'Neal scored a career-high and NBA season-high 55

FINANCE First Place Financial elects board chairman

The new board chairman has been a First Place board member since 2000. WARREN -- Samuel A. Roth

1988 MURDER Michael Swiger starts arson term

The Pratt family had objected to the man's release. MERCER, Pa. -- Michael Swiger, convicted in


STOCK, DIVIDENDBIDASKED Aqua America, .52, 23.7923.86 Avalon Holdings,3.23.25 Clear Channel,

A pall over the Mall

Opinion: Washington Post: Were the National Park Service free to do as it wishes, it's quite possible that

Infection hits Garner

Infection hits Garner LOS ANGELES -- Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Garner is sick. "She has a

KATHY MITCHELL AND MARCY SUGAR | Annie's Mailbox Making the move comfortable for all

Dear Annie: My 24-year-old daughter, "Diana," and I are very close. This summer she will be marrying

Giant Eagle, Hormel give hams to charity

Supermarket retailer Giant Eagle and Hormel Foods teamed up to donate 400 hams to Second Harvest

HOW HE SEES IT Don't send dollars to aid victims

Opinion: By DAVID HOLCBERG PROVIDENCE JOURNAL As the death toll mounts in the areas hit by the tsunami in

MEDICAL CARE Iraqi boy prepares to receive prosthetics

Kent-based Palestine Children's Relief Fund brought the boy to Akron. AKRON (AP) -- An 11-year-old

911 Duzzny: Study of merger needed

County commissioners first must OK any merger plan. YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County is not opposed

US AIRWAYS Perception angers baggage handlers

The IAM contends that the number of people calling in sick was comparable to past holidays.

HUMAN RIGHTS Abuse suspect nabbed

Arrest marks first use of powers granted by intelligence-reform law. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

PREECLAMPSIA New hope for condition

Research offers the prospect that pregnant women can soon be screened for it. SCRIPPS HOWARD

House GOP takes two steps forward, one back on ethics

Opinion: House Republicans backed away Monday from the radical watering down of ethics enforcement that they

Tending bar

Tending bar Got a crowd coming over for drinks? TableCraft's Bar Caddy Set gives hosts a

Designers err by ignoring what men like

NEW YORK (AP) -- Men are performance-driven, at least when it comes to their clothes. According to

LABOR DISPUTE Court upholds the union's view on 6 layoffs

The city was late in appealing an arbitrator's decision. WARREN -- The 11th District Court of

Styles heat up as temperatures dip

WASHINGTON POST Whether you're shopping for outerwear for work or "play," the trick this season is


BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY'S SCORES AREA Wilson 77, Chaney 66 Youngstown Christian 64, Cornerstone

HOW HE SEES IT Public's right to know is under attack

Opinion: By CHRISTOPHER J. DODD WASHINGTON POST WASHINGTON -- Imagine that you are an employee at a large

TRUMBULL COUNTY Board starts preparing for Feb. 8 special election

The board's punch-card readers need repair. WARREN -- The Trumbull County Board of Elections is

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2005. There are 360 days left in the year. On this date

Opinion: Today is Wednesday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2005. There are 360 days left in the year. On this date

Military to shield victims

Seeking medical help will no longer automatically trigger investigation. WASHINGTON (AP) -- The


MAHONING COUNTY Indictments A Mahoning County grand jury secretly indicted four people on drug

USC zaps Oklahoma to win Orange Bowl

USC zaps Oklahoma to win Orange Bowl k SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA head coach Pete Carroll speaks with

Canada wins junior championship

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Canada won the world junior hockey championships for the first time since

MAHONING COUNTY Jury: Tax loss to affect jail

The jail's inmate population far exceeds its capacity. YOUNGSTOWN -- A Mahoning County grand jury

GIRLS BASKETBALL Third quarter run haunts Ursuline

Mount De Chantal took control in the second half and posted a big win. YOUNGSTOWN -- Ursuline High

WINTER WEAR Stores are brimming with hats

They look best when worn with flair and attitude NEW YORK (AP) -- The rule about wearing hats is

Affidavit: Suspect beat boss then resumed work

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) -- A 19-year-old coffee shop employee kicked his female supervisor in the head

HELOISE Oven cleaner loosens labels from glassware

Dear Heloise: How can I remove sticky labels from some glasses I bought? I can't get them off, and


TODAY XFraternal Order of Eagles 3298, 1655 Raccoon Road, Austintown, will serve dinners from 4 to

Tether in betting case

Tether in betting case CLEVELAND -- Todd Yallech, 35, of East Huntington Drive, Boardman, was

Small grocers say it isn't kosher for the big chains to muscle in

Large companies are seeking competitive advantage by catering to specialty groups. WASHINGTON POST

IRAQ Five American troops, Baghdad official among latest fatalities

Despite the increased violence, the elections are still on, one official said. BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)

Robot mixes medications, prepares syringes

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A robot being put into service in the pharmacy at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

MAHONING COUNTY A million reasons to love the recorder's office

The recorder's budget request is less than he spent last year. YOUNGSTOWN -- The Mahoning County


LOCAL Cortland gets a barbecue CORTLAND -- Bob-B-Q's Place has opened at 882 High St. The

BCS considering changes, but not playoffs

BCS is leaning towards a committee selection process. MIAMI (AP) -- With no plans for a playoff,

Ravens not satisfied with winning season

Baltimore opened the season optimistic with Super Bowl aspirations. VINDICATOR STAFF/WIRE REPORTS

NFL ROUNDUP News and notes

Browns: The attorney for left tackle Ross Verba denied his client was involved in an alleged sexual

Absentee voting for Iraq election is issue in U.S.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Iraqi immigrants across the United States who may be

OBESITY Teen twins undergo gastric bypass

Only a few doctors in the country will do the procedure on teens. BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (AP) -- Sam


OHIO Mega Millions: 3-6-7-12-32 Mega Ball: 30 Night drawings: Pick 3, 5-2-9 Pick 4,

Hubbard Twp. keeps officials, fills positions

HUBBARD -- In addition to retaining the township's police chief and road superintendent, trustees

SUGAR BOWL Title hopes dim for 13-0 Auburn

The Tigers believe they deserve a share of the national crown. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Auburn's

ANIMAL CUSTODY Boomerang finally returning to owner

The lion is headed West, the owner's lawyer said. YOUNGSTOWN -- Boomerang the lion is finally

CRIME Club boss draws fine, probation

Alcohol and some cash seized by police were forfeited. YOUNGSTOWN -- Jairus Ford, who operated a

Survivors overwhelm hospitals

Cows on a runway forced the closing of a main airport, delaying aid delivery. BANDA ACEH,

TOILETS Boy, 9, impresses company with his plumbing passion

Kohler sent the little plumber a state-of-the-art bulk flush toilet. MASSILLON (AP) -- Nine-year-


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Fearing exploitation of children, Indonesia steps up restrictions

UNICEF and other groups have warned about gangs. JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Fearing child-